Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Block Party 2010

A few weekends ago, we had the pleasure of getting to meet several new neighbors through a block party! I remember having these on our street growing up ~ but I have yet to attend one since I have reached adulthood. I have definitely been missing out!

We are quite serious with block parties in Pittsburgh. We got a permit from the city, moved all of our cars and shut our street down for the entire day! It actually turned out great for all the kids who got to play in the street without a care in the world.

We even have a band that lives on our they provided the entertainment! Kind of funny...some words had to be modified for this crowd. :)

Here is our favorite neighbor, Mr. A. He was having a ball in the street!

This is Meaghan - my roomie from downstairs. Some girls who live together down the street offered to do crafts for all the kids. So here is Meaghan with her son's visor.

I LOVE this picture. Such sweet ones that live on our street. They were cracking us up the whole evening. In an effort to avoid names on the web, the second from the left was hilarious. She told Dave she wanted his tennis shoes. Her parents and I could barely contain ourselves as Dave shoes are gross boy shoes! She told us she would come to our house and yell, 'Dave! Give me those shoes!' when she was ready.

Cute, young moms on the block...

It was such a fun time and I now realize that I pay more attention to the other houses on our street as I come and go. There is definitely a special peace in knowing those who live around you, especially in a new neighborhood.

Now, I must give all the credit to Meaghan who organized this fantastic evening! You did great and I am already looking forward to our next Block Party!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

St. Thomas ~ 40th Wedding Anniversary

Janie & Van Buchanan
40 years of marriage
St. Thomas

Congratulations! What a wonderful reason to celebrate! We were absolutely blown away that their idea of celebrating this special occasion was to take the entire family down to St. Thomas. It was so incredibly generous and I can't begin to explain how much fun we had!

They decided to rent a house, instead of doing hotel/resort style. This was perfect because we all had a shared living space, our own kitchen, pool, etc. It made for lots of fun hang out time!

Here are some pics:

We had lunch here most days. I love dining outside!

We actually took a ferry to Tortola one day and passed our house on our way out. So this is a fun, different view.

And now I follow with several of my favorite pics from the trip! It was absolutely wonderful!

Brett, Janie and Dave

Dave and Janie

This is so funny to me! Grayson, Jerry and Dave

We LOVED that Aunt Laura (Janie's sister) was able to join us for the vacation! Just being around the two of them cracks me up. They have such a good time and laugh a lot!

Janie made this sweet book for Van. She gave it to him at dinner one night. It went through the many, many reasons why she loves him. I particularly enjoyed this gift as it discussed a lot of their memories from the early years of their marriage ~ many I hadn't heard before. It was so fun to hear about living out on the farm, the pet goat and R&R in Hawaii.

On Wednesday, we took a ferry to Tortola to do a 'swim with the dolphins' excursion. It was really cool - I was shocked at how much they let everyone do. Jerry and I stayed in the bleachers to document the afternoon, but everyone else got to take a ride on the dolphin, dance with the dolphin and as you can see below - kiss the dolphins!

They did lots of cool tricks!

We had lots of good down time just visiting with each other. Because we basically live all over the country, it was great to just catch up on each other's day to day lives.

Brett, Van and Dave down by the pier

I love this of them just talking...

I think I have more pictures of Grayson doing stuff like this from the trip than anything else. It was so fun to try and capture him mid air! He is such a little fish! We had all sorts of games worked out with swimming, jumping, splashing, etc. It was so funny!

This is just cute to we know whose aqua socks those are? Please tell me Jerry's!

Julie, Janie and Aunt Laura coming up from the pier

We visited St. John on Friday via ferry. It was gorgeous!! I so hope to go back one day! We spent a lot of the day at Trunk Bay - which is a beautiful beach. Dave found/stepped on a starfish!

Going back in time, on Thursday - the kids and Aunt Laura took Van and Janie to a fun anniversary dinner at a place called Oceana. The food was delicious and we had a great time! Prior to the vacation, Julie had asked Van and Janie several different questions about each other. So it was hilarious to hear each of them give the 'real' answers over dinner, like what was the address of your first house? Favorite food? What are they scared of? Really funny!

The whole group!

Dave and I

Julie and Grayson

Van and Janie

It was such a special time together with family! We can't thank you two enough for including us in your anniversary celebration! I know we will all look back fondly on this trip with big smiles!

We love you two and once again, Happy Anniversary!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Catherine & Blake Garrett

Catherine and Blake Garrett
May 15, 2010

As usual, I am running about 2 months behind with my posting. :) But this was too fun not to document.

So back in May, we went to Shreveport, LA for one of Dave's best friend's wedding. Blake used to work with Dave and I back in the day and before Dave and I got married, Blake and Dave were roommates. So Dave and I were really excited for this celebration as Blake means a lot to both of us and we absolutely love his new wife, Catherine!

Of course, when you are the one obsessed with taking all the pictures - you don't find yourself in many! I need to be better about that. :) But here is my sweet husband with the groom (above) and the beautiful bride (below).

It was really fun that Marianne (my sister) came with Brett (Dave's brother). So she and I definitely enjoyed oohing and ahhing over all of Catherine's selections. She did a beautiful job with the wedding! We loved that she wore her mother's gown which was stunning on her. I think Marianne's favorite was her shoes. They were SO pretty and blue!

So obviously, my MO for the last 3-4 years is to where the same dress to every wedding of that year/season. Ha! So as you scroll back through my blogs, you will see this dress has been my wedding dress for Spring 2010. This was its 3rd appearance.

The estrogen of the wedding:

and the men:

Dan broke a glass at our wedding too! Its hilarious - on the dance floor in our video and he just turns around and keeps dancing. We caught him again on film. :)

It was so fun! The rain held off and they had a really pretty reception on the river. We didn't want it to end. They did, however, leave in one of the most fun getaways I have ever seen! Its like 3 wheels and they took off in downtown in it! Really cute!

Congratulations you two! We wish you many, many blessings in your marriage!